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The hypocrisy of Hanukkah at the UN

Hanukkah (or Chanukah, or other spellings) is a Hebrew word meaning ‘rededication’. The festival commemorates the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom from the Greek-Syrians …

Israel-Arab ties strengthen

It has been a remarkable few weeks in Middle-Eastern politics. This included the historic visit of Miri Regev, Israeli Sports and Culture Minister, to the third …

UN fails to confront Hezbollah on Israeli border again

The past month has seen three Israelis murdered in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), and continuing violence at the border with Gaza (including a rocket that destroyed an …

PA blocking fuel to Gaza

There is an electricity crisis in Gaza. Essential services rely heavily on back-up generators but these require fuel. The UN appealed for donors to fund US$6.5m to …

Barkan terror attack exemplifies conflict

On Sunday, two Israelis were murdered in a terror attack by a 23-year-old Palestinian man who left a note praising Yasser Arafat. Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, …

UN Reform

One of the priorities New Zealand signalled when running for a seat at the UN security council was reform by way of trying to restrict …

US diplomacy strikes another blow

The United States government has taken a different political approach to Israel than previous administrations. They have withdrawn from international bodies and are starting …

Does NZ demand accountability?

When New Zealand was lobbying for a seat on the Security Council, one of the platforms was reform at the UN, with a focus on …

Kiwi-Israeli duo win tennis title

Congratulations to New Zealander, Artem Sitak, and Israeli, Jonathan Erlich, for winning the doubles competition at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport. It …

Eight things the media may not tell you about the “Freedom Flotilla”

1. It is incorrect to refer to the blockade as “illegal” and BSA has ruled it is irresponsible for NZ media to do so. 2. Violation of …